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  • Mike Riemer says:

    Great post Dan. Think how some cameras let you try to select a ‘feel’ now or how there are software filters that now take your digital image and mimic some of the ‘old’ films we all used to use. Imagine when some of those ‘film filters’ start getting built into cameras themselves so you can switch between digital Kodachrome and Velvia on an image by image basis…instead of 35 frames later.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Mike, they already are. All of the Fujifilm X series cameras have film simulation settings built right in. With the touch of a button, you can choose between Provia, Velvia, Astia and a few other classic Fuji color and BW neg films. They’re pretty fun, I definitely make use of them quite often with the X10 and X20.

    I don’t know of any cameras that offer specific Kodak film simulations, but a few of them are included in DxO Film Pack software.

  • Steve says:

    Great article Dan – thank you. I used to be a pixel peeper, big time. After selling more images taken with my little Nikon P6000, I finally came to the realization that light and composition are what makes a great image. As a result I’ve pretty much abandoned my full frame Nikon and have gone with the Olympus OM-D and their awesome lenses. I’m not looking back.

  • […] Maybe dedicated pixel peepers would find a problem with it, but I’m not one of those. I’m a photographer. Zach Arias said it best in his X100S review when he noted that pixel peepers might discover that “the third millionth pixel from the left shows signs of herpes.” Again, I ask: Are you a photographer or a pixel peeper? […]

  • Mike Riemer says:

    You have me on the edge of selling the kayak I built…it’ll either be for an X20 or for the 18-300mm Nikon lens. To vastly different things obviously…but getting both is out of the picture (no pun intended) right now.

    Off topic to this post…but what do you think of those megazooms, like the 18-300mm or 18-200mm?

  • Leslie Ashe says:

    Had the chance to play with an X20 yesterday and was very taken by it. Your review (and a review by Ming Thein) are convincing me to buy one. Your pictures are great.

    On the subject of grain/noise I have been scanning 35 year old negative and transparencies and noise doesn’t bother me one bit compared to the grain in Tri-X and the various transparency films I used then. Don’t pixel peep – take photographs.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Leslie, well said! Thanks for your comment and thanks for reading. 🙂 -Dan

  • Les Bessant says:

    You’re so right. I find I’m using – and enjoying – my Fuji X100S[1] more than my Canon 5D Mk III. Yes, it’s limited by the fixed lens, but I look at that as more of a challenge than a problem.

    [1] Recent upgrade from the X100, which I sold to a friend

  • Marilyn Von Allmen says:

    I have been an avid photographer since the mid-70’s and agree entirely with your comments here. I am in the midst of digitally archiving some of my favorite photos captured on film and must say it is quite evident that many of the images I thought were superb at the time would not withstand a pixel peeper’s scrutiny today. But these images are emotionally satisfying to me because they are a chronicle of 40 years of living on this awesome planet! I embraced the digital technology over a decade ago and am excited about the future of photography!

  • […] * From Dan Bailey: Are you a photographer or a pixel peeper? […]

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